John 6:16-25

John 6:16-25 has another familiar story being told.  “In the evening his disciples went down to the sea, got in the boat, and headed back across the water to Capernaum. It had grown quite dark and Jesus had not yet returned”.  The disciples climb into a boat after feeding the 5000 to head back across the sea.  It was dark, but a number of the disciples were fishermen, so this was nothing new to them.  Rowing across the lake after dark was no big deal.  But then things changed.  “A huge wind blew up, churning the sea”.  Not only did it get windy, but the waves began to grow and the Sea of Galilee is well know for sudden change that turned things dangerous.

These guys were scared to death.  “They were maybe three or four miles out when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, quite near the boat. They were scared senseless, but he reassured them, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” So they took him on board. In no time they reached land—the exact spot they were headed to”.  Experienced veterans or not, they were fearful.  But then Jesus comes walking toward them and assures them that He’s got this under control.  After struggling to make progress against the wind and waves, once Jesus joins the crew things go quickly and they reach the other side.  He had never taken His eye off them.  They failed to stay focused on Jesus, but He never for a minute lost sight of them.

The crowd figured out something was different about their journey across the sea.  “The next day the crowd that was left behind realized that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. They had seen them go off without him”. How did Jesus get across as He hadn’t been in the boat when the disciples left.  The crowd was trying to figure out what had happened.  “By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master. So when the crowd realized he was gone and wasn’t coming back, they piled into the Tiberias boats and headed for Capernaum, looking for Jesus”.

Some of the boats brought people who had heard about the miraculous feeding of 5000 and they were looking for Jesus.  They came to where He had been the night before, but found He was gone.  So they took the boats across the lake looking to find Him.  There were lots of people that wanted to get across to the other side to pursue Jesus, but there was no way these few boats could transport all the people.  He has a crowd looking for Him and they are doing whatever they could to get to the other side, either by boat, or by walking around the lake to get there. “When they found him back across the sea, they said, Rabbi, when did you get here”?  They couldn’t figure out how He got there.

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